Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mike Deodato
Public perception rules. The media, though they aren’t necessarily corrupt, are manipulated by Osborne and his psychopathic genius. Now facing a public backlash and Thor’s clone, the New Avengers scramble to maintain their footing publicly and physically.
Ragnarok is is identified and Wolverine showcases his tenacity and sacrifice once again as he tries to down the dark god. Deodato frames some fantastic action in this brutal battle that nearly depletes even Logan’s healing power.
Spidey and Daredevil play defense in this brawl that ends up being a straight-up Luke Cage and Iron Fist ass kicking. The duo may look contemporary, but the beat-down definitely feels old school. I’m not sure I could love Deodato more than I already do. He really gives fans something to look forward to every month. Shelling out four bucks is painful enough, but Mike’s incredible artwork soothes your eyes as they follow our team from panel to panel. Seriously, Mike; never change.
At the end of the issue, Osborne is right where he wants to be. Also driving the point home, the limp body of Ragnarok is dumped out of the Avengers Minicarrier and falls to the ground. The issue ends with a singular evil smile and a group of armed federal agents seizing Avengers Mansion. Shit is going to get real when the Dark Avengers arc comes to an end in issue #22.